The Mountain View Los Altos Community Scholars program celebrated some of its most recent scholar recipients at a picnic over the weekend which featured speeches from local dignitaries, program mentors and students who have used their scholarships to reach for their dreams.
Council member Ronit Bryant spoke at the event, issuing a proclamation in recognition of the work done by the MVLA Community Scholars. Bryant said she was "impressed" with the program and "grateful" for all the hard work that goes into supporting bright young men and women who just need a little extra help in getting to college.
MVLA Community Scholars provides four-year scholarships to high potential, low income students living in Mountain View and Los Altos. "These students are intelligent, and with a little help do great things with their lives. All they need is a fair chance," said Dee Gibson, chairman of the group's board of directors.
In its first year, 2000, the program provided a scholarship to Jose Antonio Vargas, who would later go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Virginia Tech shootings and become a nationally recognized advocate for immigrants rights.
CSA names 'hometown heroes'
Community Services Agency announced this year's "Hometown Heroes," the annual celebration to honor both individuals and businesses for their philanthropic contributions to CSA and the local community.
This year's winners are Duncan MacVicar of Los Altos, Hidden Villa of Los Altos Hills, and Tied House Brewery & Café of Mountain View, representing the individual, nonprofit, and business categories, respectively.
Along with serving on the CSA board of directors for six years, Duncan MacVicar volunteers for the Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society, El Camino Hospital,Craigslist Foundation, and the Career Action Center. He is also the founder of the North County Homeless Housing Coalition and the California Veterans Legal Task Force.
Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization in Los Altos Hills that uses organic farming, wilderness, and community to provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Since 2005, Hidden Villa has been providing CSA with almost 10,000 pounds of food annually for distribution to low-income families.
Tied House Brewery & Café is a family owned Mountain View business that has been donating time, money, and food to a variety of local non-profits. They are a major sponsor of the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, have hosted CSA's volunteer recognition event for the past three years, and have been a "Chefs Who Care" restaurant. They have also have been a food sponsor to CSA's past two spring galas.
This year's heroes will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at 7:15 A.M. at the Crown Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto.
CSA is a non-profit, social service safety-net provider in Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. CSA was started in 1957 by a group of Mountain View residents hoping to help low-income families and migrant farm workers. The nonprofit now opens its doors to the elderly, the homeless, the working poor and the unemployed in the area.